FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Miranda & Paul Johnson
Owner, The Comfy Cafe
Web: foodstart.com/ project/thecomfycafe
New Food Truck Coming to Tampa Bay
If Miranda and Paul Johnson can get enough support, Tampa Bay will soon have a new food truck. The idea behind The Comfy Cafe is pretty simple: Get a taste of home no matter where you’re from!
To help fund it, Johnson is turning to the community to raise $100,000. Backers aren’t paid back with interest though. Instead they get perks and rewards for being early supporters. For example, those putting in $100 will get a 5% lifetime discount on every order, a cool t-shirt and mention on Facebook and the Comfy Café donation page as well as the all important great karma for supporting a cool, local business. Those who bump up to the Partner level for $250 also receive a basket of homemade goodies of their choice delivered to their place of business. For a thousand dollars, you become a “Big Cheese” receiving the perks and rewards of a Backer and Partner as well as getting a menu item named after them and dinner for four prepared in-home or at the venue of your choice (within the Tampa Bay area) by Le Cordon Bleu Chef, Miranda Johnson.
“We really think this will be a unique thing for the Tampa Bay area,” says Johnson. Menu items include Japanese rice wraps called mochi filled with ice cream flavors such as mango, red bean, avocado lime and chocolate, Mediterranean Summer Salad with strips of seasoned grilled chicken, goat cheese crumbles, strawberry slices and Italian Raspberry Vinaigrette, Mango Chicken Korma within a Coconut Jasmine rice ball, a Ropa Vieja sandwich on homemade plantain bread with sweet potato fries, The King’s fried peanut butter and banana sandwich and old fashioned Chocolate egg creams. All items will be made with local ingredients whenever possible to ensure freshness, quality and lower costs and most of the menu will change with the season.
Miranda Johnson was a foodie before it was cool! While still in high school she worked and trained cashiers at Nathan’s Famous and later managed a Dairy Queen/Orange Julius in Paramus, NJ. She has recently graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu where she received a degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management. Paul Johnson is her long time best friend and sweetheart from the UK and a disabled vet recently retired after 10 years of service in the US military. He is actively involved with the Wounded Warrior Project and is training with the US Association of Blind Athletes and Navy Wounded Warrior as a rowing and cycling hopeful for the US Paralympic team. Together the couple, who have been married 13 years this month, hope to make their dream of establishing a Gastropub in Tampa Bay a reality.
To handle the process, Johnson has teamed up with a web site called Foodstart. Its founder, Alex Sheshunoff, says that crowdfunding sites – especially those focused on specific industries – represent the future of small-business financing. “But it’s not a new idea,” he acknowledges, “In 1923 The Green Bay Packers did the same thing by offering early backers a special entrance, behind the scenes tours, and discounts. They now have 360,000 members – and the most passionate fans in football.”
The Comfy Cafe campaign ends December 5, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.foodstart.com/project/thecomfycafe.